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If you wait long enough, every possible combination of famous people will eventually do something collaborative on the internet. It could be Kanye West, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Homer Simpson, it could be Jennifer Lawrence, the song “Get Lucky” and the McDonalds golden arches, but eventually it will happen.
And never has that tired old maxim about monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare been more soundly trounced by this little nugget of news, in which Prince William appears on stage next to Jon Bon Jovi, to sing a version of “Livin’ On A Prayer” accompanied by Taylor Swift.
Look, it’s not even a parody:
This surprising turn of events took place at Kensington Palace last night, during the Winter Whites Gala in support of the homeless charity Centrepoint. Other performers included Benedict Cumberbatch, Tinie Tempah, and James Blunt.
And to complete the circuit of spiralling meme oddness, the prince even offered to do a little twerk, if Olivia Sabat, who was also performing, is to be believed.
She told the Mirror: “He was like: ‘would it put you off if I was dancing?’ and I said ‘no, I want you to listen – dancing and listening.’
“And the prince said ‘yeah that’s fine’ and then he started doing a little twerking.
“I said ‘no thanks, no twerking thanks!’”
Sadly the video of this moment does not appear to exist.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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